Since the last couple pieces posted were rather detailed I thought it might be nice to switch things up and go somewhere a bit simpler.
There's just something great about sketching the figure in as short a time as possible, and in particular the figure seems to benefit from this approach more than other subject matter. The energy found within a loose sketch, one that captures just the basics, just the essential characteristics, seems (perhaps) to mimic the energy found within people. Or perhaps even further it's not just the energy of people but those specifically that are no longer in front of us. Those that have left and all we have is the impression of them. Either way, sketches done within a very short period of time tend to have a liveliness about them that's very unique, and one that many artists try their best to bring to their final works. I've heard more than once from artists that their favorite pieces are found in their sketchbook and this most definitely has do with this intriguing sense of animation.
This sketch in particular was just 5 minutes and done with brush and ink. I'd highly recommend ratcheting down the time too to help increase focus.
Douglas E. Draper Jr. is an award-winning artist working out of Philadelphia. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute, College of Art and his work has been exhibited throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Annapolis, Baltimore and various other cities and galleries. His fine art and illustrative work can be seen from such publishers as Moonstone Books, Top Shelf, Desperado, IDW, and many others.
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